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St Machar's Cathedral

Door open days

12 September 2020

13 September 2020

Aberdeen City

Famed for its unique heraldic ceiling and glorious stained glass, this early 16th century cathedral is built on a site of worship dating back 1500 years.

Digital Resources

3D scan of a tomb!

There is a 3D view of the tomb of Walter Ydril, Canon of St Machar’s Cathedral.

The inscription translated from Latin reads ‘Here lies the Honorable man Master Walter Idil, Canon of the Churches of Aberdeen and Brechin, Licentate in Decrees, who gave twenty shillings to the Chaplains serving in the Choir for a Mass to be celebrated on Fridays, who died third July in the year (fourteen hundred and) sixty-eight, on whose soul God have mercy. Amen’

A 3D scan of tomb of Walter Ydril

Virtual walk through of the Cathedral

Take a virtual walk through the ground floor of the Cathedral.

Take a 360-degree virtual tour!

Interior tour of the cathedral

by Darren Wright.

Take a 360-degree virtual tour!

Exterior tour of the cathedral

by Darren Wright.

Take a 360-degree virtual tour!

Fly over the cathedral

with this amazing drone footage of a perfect autumn day at the cathedral.

Watch the drone footage!

Explore the inner workings of the church

with this video of the front 6 Cathedral bells ringing. By Ian Talboys

Take a peek!

Memorial to John Barbour

Tour Scotland video of the memorial to John Barbour, which is located in the Cathedral. John Barbour (1320-1395) was a Scottish poet and the first major named literary figure to write in Scots. By 1357 he was Archdeacon of the Kirk of St Machar in Aberdeen. This memorial was created by wood carver, Roland Fraser.

Take a closer look!

Key Information

Building Date: From 1370

  • The Chanonry
  • Old Aberdeen
  • AB24 1RQ